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Body of Lies (2008)

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A CIA agent on the ground in Jordan hunts down a powerful terrorist leader while being caught between the unclear intentions of his American supervisors and Jordan Intelligence.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Roger Ferris
... Ed Hoffman
... Hani
... Aisha
... Bassam
... Omar Sadiki
... Al-Saleem
... Skip
... Garland
... Nizar
... Holiday
... Mustafa Karami
... Marwan
... Aisha's Sister Cala
Ghali Benlafkih ... Aisha's Nephew Rowley
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Roger Ferris is a CIA operative in the Middle East; Ed Hoffman is his control at Langley. Cynicism is everywhere. In Amman, Roger works with Hani Salaam, Jordan's head of security, whose only dictum is "Don't lie to me." The Americans are in pursuit of a cleric who leads a group placing bombs all over Europe. When Hani rebukes Ed's demand that Jordan allow the Americans to use one of Jordan's double agents, Roger and Ed hatch a plan to bring the cleric to them. The plan is complicated by its being a secret from Hani and by Roger's attraction to a local nurse. Satellites and cell phones, bodies and lies: modern warfare. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Trust no one. Deceive everyone. See more »


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Rated R for strong violence including some torture, and for language throughout | See all certifications »

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$70,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,884,416, 12 October 2008, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$39,394,666

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$115,097,286
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For Manchester scenes (filmed on actual streets in the USA), any overly "American" curbside items (like certain fire hydrants) were hidden by dropping bottom-less slatted metal trash cans over them and then adding prop "English" rubbish; however, extras and crew unaware of this subtle artful touch continuously filled the apparently-normal-looking receptacles with their own trash. Between filming sessions, rueful set dressers would have to remove a foot-high layer of discarded plastic water bottles (and then reset and fluff the "official" rubbish). See more »

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After bomb explosion in Amsterdam police cars arrive with the letters "Police" on them. These police cars are not used in the Netherlands. They have other cars with totally different color marks and the letters "Politie" on them. See more »

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Title Card: I and the public know what all schoolchildren learn, those to whom evil is done, do evil in return. - W.H. Auden
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References Poseidon (2006) See more »

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Dark Ages
Written by Necmi Cavli
Performed by Oojami
Courtesy of Mac3 Artists, Inc.
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A Well Made Film that Just Barely Misses the Mark
16 April 2016 | by See all my reviews

I watched "Body of Lies" the other night for the first time since having seen it in the theater. This is a well made film that just barely misses the mark of being outstanding.

Russell Crowe is good in this movie, and it's arguably one of the few Crowe movies in which he transforms into his character rather than simply playing himself. DiCaprio is good enough, though he definitely suffers from his ongoing inability to play a character rather than being stuck in his same old mannerisms.

The plot of this movie is quite intriguing. It's a film that revolves around post-9/11 terrorism in the mid-east, with most of the movie taking place in the very places that make the news the most some eight years later: Iraq, Syria, and Jordan. Sadly, the movie predicts the spread of terrorism to Europe (it was filmed after the 7/7 bus bombings in London, and references them, but shows an attack in Amsterdam that brings to mind recent attacks in Paris and Brussels). Its fictional drama mixed with real world terrorism makes for a compelling story.

Unfortunately there's just something about the movie that makes it obvious that it misses the mark just a tad. It might be argued that the studio was trying a bit too hard to make an Oscar worthy picture, but didn't quite pull things together enough. The romantic element of the film feels a bit forced, and despite its strengths it comes across as being a bit more like a made-for-TV drama series than an award worthy feature film.

All in all I'm going with 6/10 stars. It's certainly worth the time to see, but ultimately a good popcorn flick rather than a more substantive film.


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